This saga has taught me that patience is a virtue. Granted that the HF602B is not exactly what I wanted but it is certainly a worthy buy. I would have to pay 3 times more for the Advanti Nebullar and end up with either bronze or black wheels which I am not particularly keen to have on the car. The 18" G07 white wheels would have cost 4 times more and likewise, I am not sure it would look good. Silver is a safe colour and you cannot go wrong with silver wheels, no matter what body colour your car is. In this case, the HF602B is slightly 'chromish-silver' and sets it apart from the normal spray painted silver wheels. I have good feelings that once they are mounted on the Swift, the car will be transformed dramatically. For now, I have to exercise patience (again) while waiting for the wheels to be touched-up before they are mounted. As for the 17" G07, they will take a break inside the storage. Someone asked me if they are up for sale. Well, most certainly not.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Just as I was about to commit myself to buying the 18" Advanti Nebullar N993, someone on the forum decided to sell his 18" Magline HF 602B. It is 7.5" wide, offset 42 and weighs 6.9kg. Coupled with an incredibly reasonable price for a forged wheel, I bought it. The wheels are not perfect, there are some minor nicks here and there but no major damage whatsoever. Nothing that cannot be touched-up by the workshop. Besides, for that price, I cannot ask for anything more. Looks wise, it is not exactly what I am looking for. Well, it looks too complicated with the centre star-faced look and since it is dual PCD, there are 5 extra holes. The centre cap is also protruding out instead of flat. Well, a quick visit to the wheel and tyre shop should solve the problem. I am glad the wheel saga is over, at least for now. Here are pictures of the wheels.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The current racing harness arrangement needs to be re-worked. While it is functional enough, it creates inconvenience for the rear passengers as well as limiting the load carrying capacity when the rear seat needs to be folded down. It can always be disconnected but that creates a safety issue. The B pillar harness bar is the simple solution to the problem. I remembered seeing it on my friends' WRX and thought it was a very good idea. Not only does it create the support for the harness, it also provides some strengthening to the chassis. Coupled with the existing chassis bar, the B pillar harness bar will do wonders to the overall integrity of the car. Here are pictures of how it looks like.